Coshow v. Konami Gaming Inc.
ORDER. IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that 8 defendant Konami Gaming, Inc.'s motion to dismiss is GRANTED. Plaintiff Lacey Coshow's complaint 1 is DISMISSED without prejudice. The clerk of court is instructed to close this case. Signed by Judge Andrew P. Gordon on 3/1/17. (Copies have been distributed pursuant to the NEF - ADR)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF NEVADA
Case No. 2:16-cv-02383-APG-VCF
ORDER GRANTING MOTION TO
(ECF NO. 8)
Defendant Konami Gaming, Inc. filed a motion to dismiss the complaint for lack of proper
service because service was both untimely and not made on a person with authority to accept
service on Konami’s behalf. Plaintiff Lacey Coshow did not respond. I therefore grant the
motion to dismiss as unopposed. LR 7-2(d).
I also grant the motion on the merits. “A federal court does not have jurisdiction over a
defendant unless the defendant has been served properly under Fed. R. Civ. P. 4.” Direct Mail
Specialists, Inc. v. Eclat Computerized Tech., Inc., 840 F.2d 685, 688 (9th Cir. 1988). Rule
12(b)(5) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure authorizes a defendant to move for dismissal due
to insufficient service of process. The plaintiff then has the burden of demonstrating that service
of process was valid. R. Griggs Grp. Ltd. v. Filanto Spa, 920 F. Supp. 1100, 1102 (D. Nev. 1996).
Actual notice of a lawsuit will not subject a defendant to personal jurisdiction “if service was not
made in substantial compliance with Rule 4.” Crowley v. Bannister, 734 F.3d 967, 975 (9th Cir.
2013) (quotation omitted).
Coshow filed the complaint on October 12, 2016. ECF No. 1. She thus had until January
10, 2017 to serve Konami. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 4(m). On January 11, 2017, the clerk of court
issued a notice advising Coshow to file proof of service or the case would be dismissed without
prejudice. ECF No. 6. On January 20, Coshow filed proof of service showing Konami was
served on January 18 by serving Christine Sweitzer, a human resources analyst for Konami. ECF
Nos. 7, 8-3. The service therefore was untimely. Moreover, Konami has presented evidence that
Sweitzer was not authorized to accept service on Konami’s behalf. See ECF Nos. 8-3, 8-4.
Because Coshow did not respond to the motion to dismiss, she has not shown service of process
I nevertheless must extend the 90-day time limit of Rule 4(m) if Coshow shows good
cause for failure to serve within 90 days. Lemoge v. United States, 587 F.3d 1188, 1198 (9th Cir.
2009). Coshow bears the burden of demonstrating good cause for the delay. Fed. R. Civ. P. 4(m);
see also Boudette v. Barnette, 923 F.2d 754, 755 (9th Cir. 1991). Generally, good cause is
equated with diligence. Townsel v. Contra Costa Cnty., Cal., 820 F.2d 319, 320 (9th Cir. 1987).
A showing of good cause requires more than inadvertence or mistake of counsel. Id. “[A]t a
minimum, good cause means excusable neglect.” In re Sheehan, 253 F.3d 507, 512 (9th Cir.
2001) (quotation omitted).
Because Coshow did not respond to the motion to dismiss, she has not shown good cause
for extending the service deadline. I therefore will dismiss this case without prejudice for failure
to timely and properly serve Konami.
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that defendant Konami Gaming, Inc.’s motion to dismiss
(ECF No. 8) is GRANTED. Plaintiff Lacey Coshow’s complaint (ECF No. 1) is DISMISSED
without prejudice. The clerk of court is instructed to close this case.
DATED this 1st day of March, 2017.
ANDREW P. GORDON
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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